Grand St. Maarten Beach & Snorkeling Tour
Discover the best that St. Maarten can offer you in this amazing Grand St. Maarten Beach & Snorkeling Tour! Visit Creole Rock and its amazing snorkeling spot, the uninhabited island of Tintamarre and its unbelievable white sandy beach, Pinel and its turquoise shallow waters. We will visit during our day 3 different islands around St Maarten / St Martin.
How much does it cost?
The Tour costs $ 119 per person or $ 99 for children 6 and under.
What do I get?
There is an open bar of soda, water and beer. A fabulous lunch at a local beachfront restaurant. Snorkeling gear and floats are provided and enough fun and adventure for everybody, guaranteed!
Where does it start from?
The tour leaves from Dock Maarten Chesterfield Wharf at 10.00 am sharp, check in is from 9.30am. The tour lasts for 6 hours! Cruise ship guests have no fear our competent Captains will have you back to the ship with plenty of time to spare.
Where do we go?
Once all guests are confirmed on board the tour heads for the Simpson Bay Bridge on the Dutch side of the island into the largest lagoon in the Caribbean. Here you will see the Mega Yachts lined up on show and the villas on the lagoon. We cruise by Marigot (French side capital) where there is a photo opportunity of the cafes that line the Marina Royale. From here we pass under the French side Bridge to the opposite side of Marigot with all the private sailing boats moored in the bay and the Historic Fort Louis and French Flag overlooking the town.
We then cruise passed Friars Bay and Happy Bay, two distinctly different bays right next to each other, one a tourist hot spot, famous on the island for its full moon parties, the other abandoned and untouched.
Next we make a course for Tintamarre Island. This island is part of the marine reserve and a quick stop here for some swimming with sea turtles is an experience to never forget. To note is that the water here is always calm and perfect for those a bit nervous about swimming.
Feeling Thirsty ?
From Tintamarre we head to Pinel Island where our Captain will take you to a shallow beach where you can sit in the water and have a refreshing drink or take a quick hike around this island and see wild sandy beaches and isolated rock pools.
Back on the Boat and heading for Grand Case to a very popular local restaurant where lounge chairs await you on the beach to catch some sun, while the chef prepares a local dish of your choice that will have your taste buds reeling. Try their Pina coloda probably the best on the island!
*Great News ! from January 1 2014 we stay for lunch on Pinel Island, as our guests love this place in Yellow beach restaurant. So we now often have lunch at Pinel Island and sometimes at Grand Case. Both spots are excellent for lunch.
The trip goes on!
Back to the undersea world. Next on the trip is Creole Rock, two minutes in the middle of the Bay of Grand Case, the marine reserves best kept secret. Shallow water and sea life abound. This is THE spot to snorkel on the island.
After leaving Creole Rock we head around the island, past old ruins from the 95 hurricane, Bay Rouge with its red rock cliffs, Terre Basse (St Martins own Hollywood) with its mansions on the cliffs to arrive at Long Bay and La Samanna Resort. Feed the fish in the turquoise water while seeing if you can spot one of the many celebrities that chill on the golden sands of this exclusive resort.
Last but not least. Many have seen the videos of people watching the airlines landing at St Maarten’s famous Princess Juliana Airport but not many get to see a huge aircraft land directly overhead… from the sea! Make sure you have your cameras ready to prove to your friends that you did it!
The final leg. After that rush it’s a short cruise back around Simpson Bay, where the Captain will take you past the larger Mega Yachts (over 150ft) that will not fit in the lagoon, before arriving back at Dock Maarten Chesterfields Wharf! A full day of fun in the sun.
Where to go:
- Chesterfield Wharf
- Dock Maarten
- St. Maarten
Important! Only a 10 minute walk from the cruise ship terminal in Philipsburg.
Grand Beach & Snorkeling Tour in St. Maarten